'No regrets' fantasy picks
Leave these players on your bench at your own peril ...
If your fantasy team is still alive at this point of the season, you've done a great job drafting, making pickups, getting lucky or a bit of all three. Now is the time when you've got some big decisions to make, and there's no room for regrets.
For the most part, I don't have any regrets about my playing days in the NFL. Sure, there are some plays that I can imagine playing out differently that would've affected a larger outcome -- hitting Laveranues Coles on that go route against the Saints would've won us one particular game, and there were some throws I should've made when I was competing for jobs -- but in general, the way things played out is the way that they should've played out.
If you want to know the biggest regret of my life, it was something that happened when I was 5 years old.
It was Super Bowl XVIII, and my dad was playing for the Raiders. The thing about Super Bowls is that not only is it a big deal for the players, coaches and staff, but it's also a big deal for the families. My family was down in Tampa to watch my dad play, and decisions were being made in terms of who would be getting tickets to go watch the game in person.
Now, when you're that young, a three-hour (or longer) football game is about as boring as it can get. So when my dad asked if I wanted to go, I told him, no, football games are boring, I don't want to go. Instead, I hung out at the hotel with one of the other relatives who was there.
The game wasn't too competitive -- the Raiders ended up winning 38-9 -- but it was memorable because my dad blocked an extra point in the game, something that's never been done in a Super Bowl since.
I didn't regret not going at first, but as I got older, people would see my dad's Super Bowl ring and ask how it was to watch him play in the game. Well, I didn't exactly get to watch him play like they're thinking.
Maybe you haven't been playing some of the guys I'm about to mention, and that's OK; there's no need for big regrets now. After all, you survived this far. But if you don't play them this week, you might regret a missed opportunity.
What I'm seeing
Here's a bold statement to start this section: I believe that Nick Foles should be the No. 3-ranked QB in fantasy football this week. Outside of Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, I put Foles on the list as the next best guy.
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